Knee Deep Brewing Company

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #219
Ranked #1,433
4.23 | pDev: 8.04%
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States
Notes: Formerly known as Hoparillo

Triple IPA brewed and dry hopped with large amounts of Citra, Mosaic and Amarillo hops that delivers exploding tropical fruit and citrus aromas and flavor. Intense hop aromas that are sure to stimulate your olfactory receptors.
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Reviews by Greywulfken:
Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: medium gold and clear, a few fingers of ivory head, some motes of lace down the glass

S: lotsa of fruity and floral aromas suggesting citrus groves and pith, wet fields and bright flowers

T: juicy citrus right up front, tropical fruits and mild sweetness beneath; edges of caramel and biscuit

M: medium-weight, slight tingle, moderate carbonation, relatively lean for the abv

O: a real nice DIPA/TIPA hop-bomb, featuring some faves in Citra, Amarillo, and Mosaic. Sure to please fans of the style and the hops.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am now going back-and-forth between The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody & The CANQuest (tm), which many felt was getting short shrift. Hey, I listen to my fan base, if nothing else. Thus begins a short brewery horizontal.

From the bottle: "122 IBU"; "Amarillo[;] Mosaic[;] Citra".

122 IBUs?!? I donned asbestos gloves before I picked up this too-hot-to-handle bad boy in order to Pop! its cap & give it a gentle pour. Unbidden, it formed a solid cap of a finer of dense, foamy, tawny head with excellent retention. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was as piney and minty as a freshly-cut Christmas tree! I got sticky resins in my nostrils as a result. The caramel malt base did nothing to alleviate the unexpected blast of pine in this champ. I thought back to the first time that I got to use turpentine as a very young oil painter. My parents bought a small CAN for me to deCANt into a glass CANtainer in which my oil brushes were to be soaked. I will never forget that smell on the first occasion when we screwed off the top & poured some out. This beer had the same resinous scent that was so evocative of my childhood. 8=O I have not painted in 40+ years, but the memories remain. By Bob, I am old. To be reminiscing on my youth is a sure sign of encroaching age. I apologize, but some beers simply take me on a trip down memory lane. This was literally sticky & resinous on my lips! George Brett would have been envious. Man, but it was also very mellow, dig? I had some hop tea earlier, right? But this was like hot hop tea. See, it was piney, resinous and sticky, but at the same time, it was bringing a mellow vibe that I had not felt in a while. I was a young sailor in 1984 & baby, I fell for this sister with a wild afro. Her music was this kind of mellow, dig? Groovy, but not trippy, man. Some cats were unwound, but a lot of guys were impressed by her presence. We went night clubbing a lot & she got a charge out of the looks as a statuesque African-American walked in with a short, nebbish white boy. I got the same charge from this beer. Electrifying, man. Like a charge out of an electrical socket. Baby, I loved to touch her springy hair & this was springing me up, real good. It was not so much the latent (blatant?) alcohol so much as just the aggregate pine sappiness that was just worming its way into my brain. I could hear the Hop-Trio jazz band wailing away as she & I did the rock & roll well into the night. The finish ended with that sax note that stays with you, well after you leave the club. I could taste the pine for days on end, daddy-o. I just sat back in my chair & reflected on all that had just transpired. It was a solid gig & the empty bottle was a nice souvenir.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I bought a mixed 6pck from the beer store around the corner. It poured a hazy orangish with thin white head that left some lacing. The scent had hints citrus peel spice. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink for a triple ipa. The malt helped keep the bitterness in check. Mostly tropical fruit present. The mouthfeel was fuller in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a decent beer.

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Photo of mig100
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Late to the game on this beer. Kept passing this up since every bottle I would come across was past it's prime date-wise. Pours a very clear gold with nice fluffy head and lacing that quickly diminishes to just some larger surface bubbles.

Intense amarillo, mosaic and citra aroma, with no real leader of the pack, but that's ok since they all smell amazing. Taste follows the nose and you get a nice variety of hop flavor on the palate, along with some lingering honey-like sweetness. Alcohol is definitely felt, but for 11.1%, not that much. Overall.. this is excellent.

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Photo of Eden
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This fuckin beer is about as delicious as he can imagine....in his completely fed up and dicked up life.

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Photo of kitch
3.61/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 22 fl. oz. bomber, bottled on 23rd July 2018. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A clear copper colour with a slightly less than two finger white head that had great retention and left lots of nice fluffy sticky lacing.

Aroma: Resinous pine, grass, grapefruit, citrus rind, orange juice, light caramel and a touch of booze.

Taste: Pine, resiny, light caramel sweetness, citrusy, grapefruit rind, orange peel, orange juice, booze, a touch of stone fruit, and a moderately bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Not bad at all, but perhaps a bit too boozy. I would have enjoyed it even more if the booze could have been hidden.

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Photo of BB1313
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with solid clarity with bubbles racing upwards; small white head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have a nice blend of tropical and citrus fruits. Pineapple and grapefruit are there. Some orange in the mix. Hints of fresh bread and crackers. Some malts, but the hop aromas shine. The flavors basically follow the nose. More pineapple and grapefruit along with some subtle hints of orange and lemon. The citrus seems to outweigh the tropical notes. Lots of fresh pine needles along with some pine sap. Subtle spiciness. Hints of black pepper. Possibly some rye in the mix. Mild warmth, but it becomes balanced the more you drink it. Malts do their thing, but take a backseat to the hops. The alcohol is ultimately well hidden. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's full-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's fluffy, smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a nice "Triple IPA". It's pretty bold and drinks big without being extreme or over the top. Knee Deep is really good with hops, and this one is no exception. It's possibly even better than the "high numerical score" might indicate. It's enjoyable and fun to drink.

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Photo of R_i_P
4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I picked up a bomber of Hop-Trio Triple IPA ("3IPA") from Hi Times in Newport Beach, CA on 06/12/2017. Bottled on 02/10/2017. 11.1% ABV. 122 IBUs. Funky yellow label. Knee Deep Brewing hails from Auburn, CA.

Hop-Trio 3IPA is brewed with Citra, Mosaic and Amarillo hops. This 3IPA pours a golden orange with moderate carbonation. 1 finger of off-white foam. Not much lacing. The smell is citrus, tropical fruits, stone fruits and pine. The taste starts with a big blast of citrus, tropical fruits and fresh, resinous pine, followed immediately by an intensely citrus hop bitterness which lingers long after each sip -- all this against a moderate malt backbone. Despite the 11.1% ABV, the alcohol taste is relatively well hidden behind the intense hop bitterness.

Hop-Trio really is a superb Triple IPA from Knee Deep Brewing. When I compare Knee Deep's 2 Triple IPAs -- Hop-Trio and Simtra -- Simtra is danker, slightly smoother, and better well-balanced than Hop-Trio. Nevertheless, Hop-Trio has a more intensely citrus hop bitterness with a bigger resinous pine taste than Simtra. To iterate: Hop-Trio is brewed with Citra, Mosaic and Amarillo hops; Simtra is brewed with Citra and Simcoe hops. So, which of these two Knee Deep 3IPAs is better? It's a complete toss-up -- both 3IPAs are superb. I'll take either one any day and twice on Sunday.

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Photo of rstone57
3.69/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tad boozy but not over the top. Fairly drinkable.

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Photo of stafford2
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chefbigjon
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kontraband
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of jrenihan
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My wife brought this back for me from LA. Unfortunately, it is a bit old. Remarkably, it still tastes good, though I am sure not as good as if fresh. Lots of tropical and citrus fruit, with a caramel backing that is a big stronger than it probably ought to be. The alcohol is very well hidden considering how strong it

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Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattXT
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of SaulFox
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RBuckley73
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ohwhen303
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of HopsAholic79
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of devilfluff
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rawfish
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark copper with very good clarity. A two finger high head forms with decent retention and it leaves clumpy lacing on the glass.

Pungent hops are dominating and feature a deep orange citrus and pine resin balance atop cake batter-like malt. Nuances of mangoes and rugged garlic and catty herbs.

The caramel and toffee malt is deep and imposing but not as imposing as the deep orange citrus and resiny hops. Admittedly this beer is much more one dimensional than the nose. Alcohol is a big player in the flavor profile, cutting through the bitterness and resin finish.

Even keel carbonation with decent balance and body. The only issue is the massive alcohol presence which prevents drying but is still balanced.

Huge aroma and flavor profile, Amarillo hop bomb. Somewhere between Hop Shortage and Simtra, wonderful aroma with a strong backing of flavor, Knee Deep really knows how to pump out these triple IPAs.

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Photo of HopTopher2014
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hop-Trio from Knee Deep Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 613 ratings